Aston Villa 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

15 Oct

Steve Bruce


Steve Bruce was installed as Aston Villa boss on Wednesday

New Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce began his reign with a point as the local derby against Wolves ended in a draw.

But Villa Park’s fifth home league draw in six games this season could quite easily have ended badly for Bruce.

Villa took the lead through Jonathan Kodjia’s 15th-minute penalty, only for Wolves to level with a spot-kick of their own from Helder Costa.

But Wolves had enough second-half chances to have won comfortably.

On a day when Bruce’s side began the game in the Championship’s bottom three thanks to the day’s earlier results, they ended it in 20th – nine points behind his old club Birmingham City, who occupy the last of the four play-off places.

And the new Villa boss certainly now knows the full size of the job he has taken on.

In a game of penalty decisions, two given, and one not, Wolves had the more raw deal.

Villa’s Jack Grealish had already given a warning of his close control before he got into the penalty area, where he went down under a challenge from Dominic Iorfa – his England Under-21 international team-mate in midweek.

Kodjia converted the penalty, but Wolves levelled just 19 minutes later, also from the spot. – a far less controversial decision.

Having left Costa alone on the edge of the area, a desperately back-tracking Ally Cissokho tried to cover but the Wolves winger’s goalbound left-foot curling shot struck his outstretched arm, and Costa himself converted the spotkick.

Wolves then had the best penalty shout of the lot early in the second half when Micah Richards bundled over Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, but nothing was given.

The visitors could feel aggrieved but they had only themselves to blame after that as Prince Oniangue and Bodvarsson both struck efforts wide, sub Nouha Dicko shot over from an angle and Oniangue was denied by a great save from Villa keeper Pierluigi Gollini.

Live Text

Match ends, Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Second Half ends, Aston Villa 1, Wolverhampton Wanderers 1.

Offside, Aston Villa. James Chester tries a through ball, but Aaron Tshibola is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Iorfa with a cross.

Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aly Cissokho (Aston Villa).

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by Matt Doherty.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Joe Mason replaces Jón Dadi Bödvarsson.

Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Jack Grealish (Aston Villa) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Ivan Cavaleiro (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Edwards.

Attempt missed. Nouha Dicko (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high. Assisted by Romain Saiss.

Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ross McCormack (Aston Villa).

Substitution, Aston Villa. Nathan Baker replaces Tommy Elphick.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tommy Elphick (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Foul by Danny Batth (Wolverhampton Wanderers).

Albert Adomah (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Ivan Cavaleiro with a cross.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Ivan Cavaleiro replaces Hélder Costa.

Foul by Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa).

Hélder Costa (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Hélder Costa tries a through ball, but Conor Coady is caught offside.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by Jonathan Kodjia.

Corner, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Conceded by James Chester.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Alan Hutton replaces Micah Richards because of an injury.

Substitution, Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nouha Dicko replaces Prince Oniangué.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Micah Richards (Aston Villa) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jón Dadi Bödvarsson with a headed pass.

Corner, Aston Villa. Conceded by David Edwards.

Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Albert Adomah (Aston Villa).

Attempt missed. Prince Oniangué (Wolverhampton Wanderers) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hélder Costa with a cross.

Substitution, Aston Villa. Ashley Westwood replaces Mile Jedinak.

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